CSA-Affiliated Graduate Students Amongst 2020-21 Fulbright Awardees

Two graduate students affiliated with the Center for South Asia are amongst this year’s cohort of 13 Fulbright awardees who helped to to make UW–Madison a top producer of Fulbright students!

Jeremy Manheim was recently awarded a Fulbright- Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Grant. He will spend seven-months at the Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies in Sarnath (UP) studying the Sanskrit and Tibetan editions of several texts by the 8th-century Indian Buddhist philosopher, Kamalaśīla. Jeremy’s research explores the intersections between Buddhist philosophy and the contemporary philosophy of perception and the philosophy of science.

Tyler A. Lehrer, a PhD student in the History Department, and Office Assistant with the Center for South Asia, was recently awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Research Grant. He plans to travel to Sri Lanka later this summer to resume dissertation research at the University of Kelaniya. There, he will gather textual and archival evidence of the Buddhist monks and ministers who sailed across the Bay of Bengal between the island and mainland Southeast Asia on Dutch East India Company ships in the 1750s as both diplomatic ambassadors and valued agents of religious connection.